ESA expands GTT cloud networking partnership

ESA shares Earth observation data from its satellites with institutional partners, scientists, businesses and the public. Specifically, its multi-mission data is delivered via GTT Hybrid Cloud as well as services supporting ESA missions, as well as selected third-party missions. ESA’s multi-mission satellites include the SMOS, Aeolus, Cryosat and Swarm missions.

“The satellite data we collect and make available through GTT’s cloud networking services is used in increasingly crucial ways to monitor our planet and solve current challenges related to climate change and geohazards,” said Damiano Guerrucci, Head of Earth Observation Common Services Section at ESA.

“We have worked closely with GTT for over a decade, benefiting from its secure and resilient cloud and connectivity services that help us evolve the way we share and manage our Earth observation data.”

GTT provides a range of services to ESA to connect its eight cloud sites and offices in Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden, including hybrid cloud infrastructure, network and security.

GTT hosts more than 8 Pb of data collected from ESA’s multi-mission satellites and allows interconnection between different private and public cloud sites. It also provides professional services for ESA, including a dedicated network, security and cloud engineers, on-premises security manager and service manager.

“We are proud to continue supporting ESA’s Earth observation mission. When we started many years ago, we delivered storage to ESA for just 300TB of satellite data,” said Tom Homer, President of GTT’s Europe Division.

“Today, GTT offers a hybrid cloud and secure connectivity platform that supports scientific, commercial and public use of more than 25 times that amount of metadata, as well as incredible images of our changing planet. It has been a great journey and partnership that we look forward to developing further.